Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Determining the Day of the Month.

Determining the Day of the Month

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 13, 2021)

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When creating macros in VBA, you may have a need to know the specific day of the month represented by a particular date. For instance, you may want to determine the day of the month on which the macro is being executed. The following code will do the trick:

iDay = Day(Date)

The Day function returns an integer value representing the day of the month of whatever date you provide. In this example, the Date function represents today's date, and so Day returns today's day of the month.

You can also, if you prefer, use the Format function to return a text string that contains the day of the month. For instance, consider this code:

sTemp = Format(Date,"dd")

This returns the day of the month as two digits with a leading zero. You could replace "dd" with other variations; "d" returns the date without a leading zero, "ddd" returns the short day name for the day of the month (as in "Wed" or "Fri"), and "dddd" returns the full day name (as in "Wednesday" or "Friday").

Note, however, that Format returns a string. If your subsequent computations require a numeric value, then it is best to use the Day function.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9640) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Determining the Day of the Month.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2021-02-13 09:10:38

Brian P

You refer to “day of the month” in this tip, but in places (“ddd” & “dddd”) it appears to be talking about “day of the week” (e.g., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday). “Day of the month” would refer to the number (1-31).


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